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Should I hire an attorney for a VOP? Criminal Defense Attorney - Soler and Slack, P.A.

VOP's are dangerous because they are usually easier for a prosecutor to prove Unlike a new criminal charge, a violation of probation is usually easier for the prosecutor to prove in court. There ...
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What is a VOP Early Case Resolution (ECR) In Sarasota, Florida?

What is a VOP Early Case Resolution (ECR) In Sarasota, Florida? A violation of probation (VOP) Early Case Resolution (ECR) court date is exactly as it sounds; it is an attempt or opportunity for a ...
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What is the difference between drug offender probation and regular probation?

While the terms of probation can vary from area to area, there are some specialzed probation programs that will be given in some cases. One of the more popular types of probation in Sarasota and ...
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What's the difference between PTI (pre-trial intervention) and Probation?

Many people become confused about the difference between probation and pre-trial intervention (PTI). Both are "resolutions" to a criminal case. While there are some similarities, there are ...
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I can't afford my probation fees and costs, what can I do?

When being sentenced by a judge in a criminal case, often fines and fees are the last things on a defendant's mind. However, these monetary matters can cause potential problems later on down the ...
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Can I get off probation early in Sarasota?

One of the most common questions people have when considering probation is how long do I have to be on probation? Early termination is usually a possibility. The conditions that must be met before ...
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What is Early Case Resolution (ECR) in Sarasota and Manatee?

Early case resolution (ECR) is a court hearing held in front of a judge. Generally these hearings happen once a week in front of a series of rotating judges. ECR's are only for those facing a ...
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My probation officer told me that I violated my probation (VOP'd), should I quit probation and stop going to appointments and completing terms?

Absolutely not! The state has the burden to prove that an alleged probation violation was both willful and substantial. For instance, if you violated because you did not pay court costs, and you have ...
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Can I violate my probation (VOP) or community control for not paying money?

If you do not pay your fines and fees (court costs, restitution, probation costs of supervision, etc.) and it was ordered as a condition of your probation or community control to have done so, a ...
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What Happens at First Appearance in Sarasota, Florida?

First Appearance is your first court date, usually within 24 hours of your arrest. At first appearance the judge will determine if there was PC (probable cause) for your arrest. If the judge decides ...
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What is PTI (Pre-Trial Intervention)?

While the State generally reccomends jail, prison, or probation as sanctions for a criminal charge, there is another possible alternative. Usually referred to as PTI or PTD, pre-trial intervention or ...
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What is a felony scoresheet?

In Florida, unlike misdemeanors, Felony sentences are largely based on a scoresheet. The scoresheet has been devised by the Florida legislature to guide the State and a judge in determining an ...
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How to Complete Probation-Five Stumbling Blocks to Successfully Completing Your Probation

The final stumbling block: 5. Lack of dedication While the first four are, for the most part, out of your control, a lack of dedication is entirely on you. This is the stumbling block where you and ...
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How to Complete Probation-Five Stumbling Blocks to Successfully Completing Your Probation

Probation stumbling block number four: 4. Instability in life This is an important, but often over looked part of success with probation. This topic covers a lot of aspects. One is a permanent ...
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How to Complete Probation-Five Stumbling Blocks to Successfully Completing Your Probation

The second stumbling block in our on-going series: 2. Lack of money Probation always comes with lots of fees that are not always anticipated. First, there are court costs that will have to be paid. ...
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How to Complete Probation-Five Stumbling Blocks to Successfully Completing Your Probation

So you have been sentenced to probation. I know, it seems like the end of the world, but I assure you it is not. Whether this is your first time with probation or you think you are a pro by now, this ...
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